Would Android KitKat be available to both high end and low end phones?

Drsunil V November 3, 2013

Would Android KitKat be available to both high end and low end phones?

Will all low end phones receive an upgrade?

  1. Dalsan M
    November 4, 2013 at 4:52 am

    As Kannon mentioned, it is not up to Google on which devices would get an official update, it is up to the device manufacturers. This is because the device manufacturers must add in and/or modify the operating system files to work with their devices. Each device manufacturer, and even devices themselves, have different hardware installed in them, meaning that there would be different drivers and settings that would have to be created/modified to work with the newer operating system. Unless the older, lower end devices would be sold for quite a while longer instead of discontinued, it would not be cost effective for the manufacturer to update their drivers and system files to work with newer operating systems. Instead of spending the time and money on updating older or lower end devices, it is easier and more cost effective to develop new and updated/upgraded devices.

  2. Hovsep A
    November 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Nexus 5 will come with Android 4.4, KitKat, soon be available on Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices, the HTC One Max and One Mini. Will be also available for androids with at least Snapdragon 800 processor. KitKat should work on devices with minimum 512 Mb of ram. More devices will get KitKat you will have to wait.

    Android 4.4 (KitKat) update for Nexus devices
    Galaxy Nexus will not be receiving the Android 4.4 update

    • Drsunil V
      November 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks. Would manufacturers which confirmed jelly bean upgrade , also provide kit kat upgrade? or it would be provided only on newer just released models of both low end and high end phones?

    • Drsunil V
      November 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks. All three respondents added replies in details

    • Hovsep A
      November 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      many devices will get the update others they are locked with the present android OS
      As of November 2013, current versions of Android require at least 512 MB of RAM, an ARMv7 processor or optionally MIPS or x86 architecture processor, and an OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible graphics processing unit (GPU).

    • Drsunil V
      November 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you. I have noted your points with care. Can you please tell, that even manufactures which are sold the handsets about 2 years back, can also provide kit kat upgrade to the models?

    • Hovsep A
      November 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      some handsets will get the kitkat others not or at least officially, there can be alernative routes to install it.
      Upgrade/Update Micromax Canvas HD A116 to 4.4 KitKat
      [Broken URL Removed]

      List of Android Phones getting Android 4.4 KitKat Firmware Update [Sony Official List included]
      Samsung Galaxy S4
      Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
      Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
      Samsung Galaxy Note 3
      Samsung Galaxy Mega (no confirmation whether the 5.8, 6.3 or both)
      Samsung Galaxy S3
      Samsung Galaxy Note II
      Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
      Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 & Tab 2

      Sony Xperia Z1
      Sony Xperia Z
      Sony Xperia Z Ultra
      Sony Xperia ZL
      Sony Xperia Tablet Z

      HTC One
      HTC One X+
      HTC One X
      New Desire series phones launched in 2013
      HTC Droid DNA
      HTC J
      HTC Butterfly

      LG G2
      LG Nexus 4
      LG Optimus L7, L5, L3
      LG Optimus G
      LG Optimus G Pro
      LG Optimus VU

    • Drsunil V
      November 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks. Does it depend on the manufacturer whether or not to provide upgrade to the user? If yes, those who have provided jellybean upgrade, can also provide kit kat upgrade?

    • Drsunil V
      November 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Does itdependonthe Thanks. Does itdependonthe manufacturer whether ornot to manufacturer whether ornot to provide upgradetothe user?If yes, provide upgradetothe user?If yes, thosewhohaveprovided jellybean thosewhohaveprovided jellybean upgrade, can alsoprovide kitkat upgrade, can alsoprovide kitkat upgrade?

    • Hovsep A
      November 24, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      i think manufacturers will decide to which mobile push android kitkat it can be on phased process with a roadmap some will receive and others perhaps not. For instance Huawei Ascend P6 will get kitkat on january. Well device with jellybean should get kitkat but this also depends if the device itself if it is locked with Jellybean 4.3, since kitkat is more friendly (allows kikat to run smoothly on devices with 512MB RAM) then if lucky majority of devices with jellybean should get kitkat you have to watch manufacturers web page and the consecutive alerts regarding the update.

  3. Kannon Y
    November 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    That's a really good question. I think the primary question is whether manufacturers are willing to waste time upgrading older or low-end phones. The answer to that has always been a definitive "no".

    On the other hand, Google has shown that they no longer wish to continue pumping out main versions of Android. It may be some time before they move onto the next version of their operating system, Android 5.0.

    The primary difference between OS versions is in driver support. According to what developers have mentioned, for the most part, the drivers between 4.0 ICS and 4.4 KitKat are relatively identical. That's why we see Android 4.4 getting ported onto devices the same day as the code was released to AOSP.

    In the leap between 2.0 and 4.0, however, many drivers need to be rewritten in order to function properly. That's why, without official support and access to source code, we don't see too many devices getting upgraded from 2.x (2.3 being the most common) to 4.0. If a driver is proprietary, there's a lot of difficulty getting it to work when an OS update comes out.

    KitKat supposedly addresses the issue of older versions of Android getting ported onto low-end handsets that can't handle newer versions of Android. But if the drivers weren't written for 4.0, there's little chance of it getting an update, even from the development community.

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